Support to Electoral Process Improved Electoral Civic Responsibility at Decentralized Level

What is the project about?

 Women voters Voters awaiting their turn to cast their votes (Photo: UNDP Moz)

The project aims to streamline the electoral administration process as a strategy for improving democratic governance in the Mozambique. From the 1994 first general elections, Mozambique has benefited of support in the area of elections, from development partners in the form of technical and financial assistance, with the main objective of enhancing its efficiency in the electoral management.

It is, however, becoming increasingly important to complement these efforts with an intensification of capacity development in all the arms that work on electoral process through boosting of the requisite skills and knowledge to tackle, with a high degree of professionalism, emerging issues related to effective elections and to mitigate any factors that may lead to violation of the rights of the citizens to participate in the elections. The STAE ((Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration), at all levels, will work in partnership with CSOs, Government administration and Faith-based organizations to promote electoral civic education actions. 

In addition, the project will put a special focus on women and population at decentralized level for civic education initiatives.  In the study conducted by the UNDP-supported project, it was pointed out that women and rural populations would have to be reached out more extensively, and that the effective modalities of civic education would be through civic educators and local radios to reach these vulnerable groups

In order to increase the understanding of the concept of civic responsibility in elections, a partnership is planned to be formed with the Ministry of Education to explicitly integrate civic education in school curricula at secondary school level, in order to raise the awareness on the voting rights at the pre-electoral age.

Taking the above into account, the current project is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Electoral Management Bodies of Mozambique, namely STAE and CNE (National Electoral Commission) to conduct effective and productive electoral civic education.

To achieve this overall objective, the project adopts the Electoral Cycle Approach which views electoral assistance as an ongoing and cyclical activity.

The following concrete outputs are planned to be achieved until 2015:

  • The technical capacity of STAE staff in civic education strengthened based on best practices.
  • Electoral civic education and voter registration programmes institutionalized.Civic education actions directed to secondary schools.
  • Media and political parties trained on electoral administration
  • Partnerships developed with CSOs, Government officials, FBOs in civic education.
  • Women participation in electoral processes promoted.
  •  Administrative and operational support provided for electoral civic education 

What have we accomplished so far?

Six districts of 3 provinces have been covered by electoral civic education carried out by EMBs staff.

Electoral civic education directed to secondary schools carried out by EMB staff in 5 districts of 2 provinces, having benefited at least 4500 students and 36 teachers.

At least 670 EMBs staff trained on elections planning, elections management and the new electoral legislation, bridge training on media and elections and on electoral civic education.

1 EMB and Media workshop was held and benefited 40 journalists from public and private media.

Partnerships between EMBs and 5 Civil Society Organizations (AMODE, ANARA, CFLS-PES, APOSEMO and ROADS) were established, aimed at supporting electoral civic educations activities at district level.

Who Finances it?



 2012
Donor name Amount contributed per year
UNDP TRAC funds $350.0000
2013
UNDP TRAC funds $ 450,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

2012 $  389,684.24

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